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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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All reviews guided tour period costume malmaison hotel great tour spiral staircase interesting visit worth a visit interesting history worth the climb couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda rowland harris
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came to Oxford for the first time and visited the castle and prison on a friend's recommendation. The tour itself is very interesting, and ours was brought to life by Rebecca (probably the most engaging tour guide we've ever encountered!) She was so knowledge...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jo C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The mound offers a great view of Oxford and is a good thing to do while waiting for your tour time. Booking is easy, tour groups aren't too large and the guides are dressed in period costume with a great deal of knowledge. They are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LauraLou20two
Reviewed yesterday

Booked using Tesco vouchers which makes this trip excellent value. Views from The Mound are great, but so much better from the top of the tower. The guided tour of the prison, crypt and castle was informative and well-presented. One niggle was that there was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sevenoaks3
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on the tour as we were staying in the Malmaison next door. The guy on the front desk was great and very informative and friendly. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, but a bit over the top with their ham acting. The climb...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AmyWooHoo
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very interesting visit to Oxford Castle and Prison. The guide Allister is an amazing storyteller, he entertained us all along the tour telling the stories and legends surrounding the ancient site of Oxford Castle. The tower climb and the motte view are experiences worth...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had an excellent time at the castle! Great tour, lots of information at a perfect pace! Molly, our tour guide was lovely, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Thekateffect
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun quick climb up the hill if the weather is pleasant. The tour was really fun and very informative, our guide Alistar was very engaging and made it great fun for everyone. The 180 steps weren’t as bad as they sound, definitely worth it once...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Lina8979
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love history so an ideal place for me. The tour was really great, informative and much more interactive than I expected. Had Rob as my guide; he made the tour a lot more fun as seen in the pic attached. Definitely recommend.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank FeelTheBerni
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi! We're so happy to hear that your tour bested your expectations- thank you so much for your review!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Our tour guide Molly was really knowledgable about the history of the castle and made the tour very interesting and fun with lots of interacting. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank josiahfrancis
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Josiah, we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Molly's tour! Thank you so much for endorsing us!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very surprised by the history of this place. Very interesting and a little creepy too. Never the less a good fun way to spend an hour Or two. Reasonably priced and good for a wet day. Although it is rather cold in there. As you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank richardmX5919EK
RebeccaC5097, Guest Experience Duty Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Richard- we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit! Winter definitely turns our site into a bit of an ice-box- but do come back in summer, we'll be the coolest place in Oxford in August! Thanks so much for reviewing us!

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February 11, 2019|
Response from 984sallyr | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea but it may just ensure you get on the tour at a time preferable to you rather than take a chance
October 26, 2018|
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Response from OxfordCastlePrison | Property representative |
Hello there! If you want to visit us at a specific time, we would highly recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, if you're relaxed on which timed tour you go on, then we would say just turn up on the day and book that way... More
November 17, 2016|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!